I had always been interested in business administration and enjoyed helping other people that were in my life and needed support. My job centre advisor could see this in me. I was applying for up to 10 jobs a week, but because I had been out of work since having my child and my lacking qualifications I was not getting any interviews. Then, during one of my monthly checks with my advisor, she showed me an email she received about a 4 week work programme called "The Growth Journey" run by Kent Enterprise Trust, where I could update skills I had but also gain new ones. I jumped at this opportunity, so she contacted Chrissi Martin, KET's Project Co-ordinator, and got me an interview. We were both keeping our fingers crossed that Chrissi would accept me.
The next day I attended the Interview. I was extremely nervous, but I was made to feel welcome. The more and more I talked the more relaxed I felt, and got on to "The Growth Journey". I would start at the beginning of the next month. On my first day the nerves kicked in, but everyone as was so warm and welcoming that I didn't feel like a single parent on benefits needing help, I felt like I was part of the KET family. I decided I wanted to gain and update skills in Business and Administration and Creative Thinking/ Problem Solving, but also to get some confidence building help.
During the next 4 weeks I could feel my confidence growing and my outlook on life changing, as I could see at light at the end of the tunnel and a way off benefits. I had completed documents that are still being used to this date, e.g. A customer service charter and an environmental policy.
KET’s management team saw something in me and asked if I would stay another 4 weeks as a volunteer which I accepted. After these 4 weeks I felt more ready to go out and feel more confident and able to find a job, I was then extremely lucky to be offered a part time contract at KET, I would be using the skills I had gained in "The Growth Journey" to help others who were in the situation I had been in.
7 months later I now have a year's contract with KET and the job title 'Assistant Project Co-ordinator', and the lives of me and my child have improved considerably. I can afford for him to attend hockey coaching every week, and I am now able to go on a family holiday for the first time since having my little one. I feel none of this would have been possible if it wasn't for KET and their "Growth Journey".